The Vatican City
Even though it only covers half a square kilometer, the Vatican City is a grandiose site to visit in Rome. Built over the tomb of Saint Peter, it is home to a population of approximately 1000 people, and this sovereign city-state is the smallest state in the world. Today, you can experience some of the world’s most beautiful architecture and art, veiled in a world of incredible historical and religious importance.
Planning your visit to the VaticanThe Vatican is surrounded by walls, separating it from the rest of Rome. As it is one of the most popular attractions in the Italian capital, both with locals and tourists, the queues to enter the various museums can be very long. Therefore, it is recommended that you purchase tickets to the Vatican Museums beforehand, allowing you to skip the queues. Note that the Vatican is closed on Sundays, apart from the last Sunday of every month. See the museums website for updated opening hours.
See the Sistine ChapelThe Vatican Museums occupies the Palazzo Apostolico Vaticano, and is home to one of the world’s greatest art collections. At the height of this collection you will find the Sistine Chapel, the star attraction of all the Vatican museums, and home to two masterpieces of art; Michelangelo’s ceiling frescoes and the Last Judgment. Art and history lovers will find treasures around every corner when exploring the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel.
Experiencing St. Peter’s Square & BasilicaSt. Peter’s Square is at the very heart of the Vatican City, this piazza is surrounded by two vast colonnades. Designed by Baroque master Gian Lorenzo Bernini, the colonnades represent the motherly arms of the church. After admiring the square you can make your way inside St. Peter’s Basilica, which is an unforgettable experience. Inside, sculptures, statues and a stunning interior awaits you. Please note that there are strict dress codes to enter St. Peter’s Basilica, and no shorts, miniskirts or bare shoulders will be permitted.
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